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2014 Chevy Volt

Works Like a Pure Car, But the Range is 380 Miles

The Chevy Volt’s outward is not iconic—unlike the decisively funky of other electric-drive cars, as the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, or even the Prius hybrid.

Its normalness—some may say its great aerodynamics. The rounded designs that contribute to geeky-looking green cars so easily through air, and them so immediately identifiable, been dodged.

In other the Chevy Volt bypasses the of an appliance or iPod in favor of the familiar husky designs in many domestic sedans. The shares its platform with the Cruze, and on the road, the two vehicles look so different from one

Yet, the Volt’s few design door panel insets, side mirrors, flat-top spoiler, and unique taillights—give it an that enthusiasts think is while plug-in novices see it as attractive. People are more to say, “Oh, that’s a it looks pretty good” it passes by, rather than their heads with delight or disgust.

It’s the design where G.M. have run into some They apparently tried to up an unremarkable general design plastic door inserts and materials that look a cheap.

The biggest criticisms are at the Volt’s glossy giant console, especially when it in white instead of black. It has an number of tiny capacitive with still more from the center console It’s information overload.

The learning curve gets when behind the steering For example, more than one will have trouble the PRNDL indicator, at first. the high-tech aesthetics of the interface, and at one of the interior panel designs, off as futuristic and overdone.

The other design criticism is poor visibility through the rear


The more important from hybrids like the and to some extent the all-electric is the athleticism of the drive.

The Volt, especially when out of “Normal” mode and into provides a driving excitement sacrificed by folks wanting to efficiency. The extra oomph from the sizable 111-kilowatt horsepower) electric motor, a wallop of instantaneous power to the (By the way, switching to “Sport” doesn’t change a thing, the pedal “mapping”—providing more with less pedal

You can read the specs—such as 273 pound-feet of zero-to-60 in about 9 seconds, or a top of 100 mph—but you have to directly its power from behind the to appreciate it. More than else, the ultra-quietness combined immediate torque is what the wow factor. How can this thing go so without any engine rev?

cognitive dissonance creates the impression and serves as the trait by Volt evangelists to spread the

The fast and whooshy feeling is supported by a solid feeling in and handling. If G.M. engineers had up the ride any more, it would be accessible to everyday drivers, and a slightly looser feel feel mushy and disconnected.

The impressive acceleration highlights critical distinction between the and any other hybrid using a gas Certainly during its first 38 even beyond that—there is no switching back forth gas and electric systems. Step the accelerator as hard as you like, and hear not a peep from the

The post-38-mile transition from to charge-sustaining mode is much seamless than the Prius’s clunky transitions. The engineers less successful in producing a braking experience. The first of brake pedal action brings on regenerative braking likely feel too loose on the for many drivers—even if the motor into generator is in fact the intended deceleration. Pushing the further, depending on the road gives a slight uneasy if the computer is “calculating”—before the friction bring the car more swiftly to a twittery stop.

This will probably vanish for drivers after learning how the responds.

Efficiency Range

The Chevy operates entirely as an electric car for its 38 or so miles after receiving a charge. It burns no gasoline those miles, drawing from a 400-pound lithium ion pack containing 16 kilowatt-hours of Only about half of energy is ever put to use—as a to ensure that the batteries the 100,000 miles of warrantied

Current from that powers a 150-horsepower electric that drives the Volt’s wheels.

But 38 miles of range practical, so the Volt also a 1.4-liter gas-powered engine. engine doesn’t drive the only supplies power to a that sustains the battery enough to give the car another 300 of range. And that only once the battery is exhausted. officially rated at 38 miles of range, countless reports Volt owners show Chevy’s plug-in hybrid can go beyond 38 miles of all-electric if driven with care.)

The technical arrangement is called a plug-in hybrid. It’s different from a “parallel” like the Toyota Prius, in the car’s computer frequently between the engine and a much battery pack.

Technical and marketing lingo aside, the is generally characterized as a plug-in As such, it sets the gold for plug-in hybrids (or PHEVs) no other plug-in hybrid close to offering nearly 40 of efficient all-electric driving the gas engine comes on. (Note: the BMW i3, the range-extender option, is more an electric car with about 80 of range until its small gas kicks in.)

Official EPA for the 2014 Volt peg the “miles per equivalent” while driving on at 98 MPGe. And when the gas engine on board—and the car turns into a hybrid—the rating is 35 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the (for a combined average of 37 The main metric in terms of for many drivers, is the length of between visits to a gas station—which is counted in months.

Chevrolet reports that drivers average 900 miles fill-ups.


The idea EV owners worry about driving range—frequently referred to as anxiety”—is flipped on its head it comes to the Chevy Volt. a total range of 380 miles, both electricity and gasoline are the ability to visit the pumps to up the 9.3-gallon tank, Volt never really have to about running out of range. the concern—you might even it a game—is at all costs avoiding a single drop of gasoline.

The key to go weeks or months between to the gas station is to charge up as frequently as home, work, public, in even more often owners of pure battery EV charge. (Again, it’s not plugging in is absolutely required, but it is a for staying on electricity.)

Every comes standard with a charge cord that can plug into a standard outlet. In this manner, the battery pack can fully in about 10 to 16 hours, according to Motors. This method, called “trickle” charging, adds about three to miles in an hour.

In many a couple of hours of charging via is the difference between having to use any or remaining fully electric all the way to destination.

Fortunately, the Volt the standard J1772 connection in all U.S.-based home and public EV that supply 240-volts of This bumps up the number of miles you can replenish to 10 to 12 miles in an Leave the Volt plugged a 240-volt source for between and four hours—say, from the you get to work until lunch you have a full fresh of about 38 miles of EV driving.

Of if the battery is not fully charged, and you run out of before you reach your there’s nothing really to about. The gas-powered electric will seamlessly kick in to enough fuel for hundreds of at roughly the efficiency of many hybrids on the road.

Passenger Cargo Room

The seats four—not five—passengers. The tunnel that holds the T-shaped battery pack the second row into two bucket A center console divides the Reviewers say the front seats are if not entirely spacious.

Adjustments are rather than power.

is 10.6 cubic feet of hatch space behind the seats, a storage capacity beats cargo space in mid-size plug-in hybrids Ford and Honda. But the Toyota Plug-in—just like the conventional much more space its cargo hatch.

The snug design, and thick roof create a significant visibility for some drivers. Shoppers are encouraged to study blind during a test drive, to sure visibility is not compromised the limits of your size and level.


The 2014 impressive safety ratings reviewers. The Insurance Institute for Safety gave the Volt a rating—its highest score—across test parameters. The National Traffic Safety Administration five stars—its highest the Volt for rollover and side and four stars for a frontal

The yielded an overall rating NHTSA of five stars.

The of standard safety features on the includes antilock brakes, control, front-seat side-impact front knee airbags and sidecurtain airbags. The OnStar system—which includes automatic notification, on-demand roadside remote door unlocking, vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn also standard.

Optional include front/rear park and rearview camera (which alleviate shortcomings in visibility), as as forward collision and lane warning systems.

Past about the safety of the Volt’s system during crash have been put to rest.

In August 2013, General announced a drop in the price of the model Chevrolet Volt by starting with the 2014 year.

Now in its third year of the popular range-extended electric car now at just $34,995, including a $810 destination fee, it within reach of more than ever before.

That’s before taking account any federal or state For example, the combined $7,500 tax credit and $1,500 rebate for owners in California drops the price of a new 2014 Volt to Those in Colorado will be to drive off the dealer’s lot with in state and $7,500 in federal tax reducing the effective price to a $21,495 and making it effectively than a base-model 2013 Malibu in that state.

says the Volt is available for starting at $269 a month, on a 36-month lease and $2,679 due at Tax, title, license and fees are extra. Mileage cost you $.25/mile over miles.

Unlike the 2013 year, which received a larger battery pack, an in EPA-approved all-electric range 35 miles to 38 miles, some upgrades and some new color changes for the 2014 model are

These include adding a steering wheel as standard, the two-tone white-accented interior, the option of heated seats all trim ranges, and two new color Ashen Grey Metallic and Metallic.

There is a change to the port door on the 2014 Unlike previous years—which fitted with a solenoid-operated port door release that proved somewhat in operation—the 2014 gets a mechanical push latch to the one found on the 2014 Toyota Plug-in.

In terms of efficiency, the model year boasts the 38-mile EPA approved all-electric at an efficiency of 98 MPGe as the 2013 and the same 37 mpg combined rating in range-extended mode.

With the drop, the 2014 Chevrolet now has a powerful price advantage cars like the Toyota Plug-in Hybrid and the Ford Energi plug-in hybrid, it a serious contender for anyone the efficiency of an electric vehicle but the to go longer distances when

Comparisons of Similar Cars

sets the Volt apart is it is a true EV, with a range-extender whereas all the plug-in hybrids are hybrids with a larger to increase their low-speed all range.

So, competing plug-in hybrid as the Toyota Prius Plug-in Honda Accord Plug-in and Energi versions of the Ford and Fusion—get between 10 to 20 miles of range before using the Volt gets nearly 40

Prior to the drop in price of the Chevrolet Volt, you could argued whether or not the Volt’s price tag was worth the savings at the versus other plug-in But now that the 2014 model at $35,000—and many dealerships are compelling lease deals—the Volt is the clear winner in of striking a balance between and EV driving with zero about running out of fuel.

The also gets bonus for the sportiness of its drive, compared to sedate plug-in hybrids—that gas engines that fire up too smaller pure electric that feel less on the road compared to the Volt.

Of buyers will need to think about the Volt as a four-passenger vehicle.


The Chevrolet Volt has been at Chevy dealerships throughout the States since mid-2011. The process for the Volt is no different other vehicles available at friendly neighborhood Chevy

Before closing the deal, want to consider tax incentives, as the $7,500 tax credit available to buyers, as well as the possibility of a home charging station.


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